Deep root fertilization is a process performed, and highly recommended, by many arborist’s. When a tree is looking sick and in need of a pick-up, deep root fertilization can often help.
The process of deep root fertilization is fairly straight forward: an arborist will take a pipe and stick it into the ground near the tree about, 8 to 12″ inches deep, and then, under pressure, they will squirt fertilizer into the ground so that the tree roots will have quick and ready access to the fertilizer. This process may be a little expensive, but it can also be necessary.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of controversy surrounding deep root fertilization. Due to the quick and easy access to do-it-yourself videos and websites on the internet, many people now try to do the project themselves. What they typically do not realize, is that it is common for them to do it incorrectly, and this results wasted of time and even more issues.
One of the ways to tell if one is doing it incorrectly is by how deep the pipe injector is placed. If it is placed too deeply, the fertilizer will simply spray past the roots and go to waste. If it is too shallow, the surrounding grass will display burn marks. Having someone who is well-trained in this could help. However, some others debate that one cannot do it incorrectly, as the process is a scam and not necessary at all. Many believe that trees simply absorb their nutrients from the top soil down into the roots, so if one needs their tree to be more healthy, they should just add fertilization to the top soil instead of going through the whole injection process. This why consumers believe they can save time and effort, without wasting either.
Despite these points that many like to debate, there is still strong evidence to the contrary – trees that have undergone deep root fertilization are typically healthier and more bountiful. They tend to produce more leaves and fruits, and grow at a vigorous rate. There is also the perk of having the fertilizer when you want it and where you want it. The risk of fertilizer burns on your lawn also decreases significantly, and you will end up with a healthy tree and a healthy lawn. Deep root fertilization still stands as being helpful and healthy for your plants. Deep root fertilization can also be used for brushes and shrubs, and the same results are usually reached.
Ultimately, deep root fertilization is not right for everyone, and the choice should be made carefully and with caution. Some would prefer top soil fertilization, and others would prefer deep root. Neither choice is superior to the other, it’s just a matter of what one wants for their plants. If you have any questions or would like a consultation, please feel free to contact our office at (913) 341-6100 and ask about deep root fertilization.